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Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1981-03-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1981-03-14

Set 1:
d1t01 - crowd/tuning
d1t02 - Feel Like A Stranger
d1t03 - Sugaree
d1t04 - Me And My Uncle >
d1t05 - Big River
d1t06 - Peggy-O >
d1t07 - CC Rider
d1t08 - Althea
d1t09 - Passenger
d1t10 - China Cat Sunflower >
d1t11 - I Know You Rider

Set 2:
d2t01 - crowd/tuning
d2t02 - Alabama Getaway >
d2t03 - Greatest Story Ever Told
d2t04 - Ship of Fools
d2t05 - Lost Sailor >
d2t06 - Saint Of Circumstance >
d2t07 - Drums >
d3t01 - Space >
d3t02 - The Other One >
d3t03 - Stella Blue >
d3t04 - I Need A Miracle >
d3t05 - Bertha >
d3t06 - Good Lovin'

d3t07 - encore call
d3t08 - One More Saturday Night (1)

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hartford Civic Center
Location Hartford, CT

Source Nakamichi CM700's > Sony TC-D5M > MAC
Lineage MAC > Nakamichi DR-1 > Grace Design Lunatec V3 > S/pdif > WaveLAB 5.0 > WAV
Taped by Barry Glassberg
Transferred by A. Egert and C. Ladner


Patch Info:
- No patches.

- (1) Weir says "Thank you, we're going to do a song of social import now."


Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2017
Subject: WOW x 2
Back in 2012 I wrote...... Now have to re
comment on this one.
As many have said below this is an amazing sounding Aud , everyone is correct. it is mind blowing how good this show sounds. Not the best of set lists yet is rip roaring .
I can picture the sweaty heads dancing all night long. gets 5 stars twice in my book.
Reviewer: jjg4762 - ★favorite★favorite★favorite★favorite★favorite - September 27, 2012
Subject: WOW
Reviewer: FrankFoster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2017
Subject: Great show and recording
Reiterating most of the other reviews here, a great all around show. The Sugaree is just fantastic. Makes me smile. This show for me is what the Dead were capable of in the 80s. They went and incorporated components of the older style of jams with a focus on instrumentation and then started bringing in a new rock and roll style of playing their shows. The Dead changed to a degree with the times specifically in the 70s and then the 80s. It sure was excellent on nights that they played great.
Reviewer: XacJed88 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2016
Subject: Sugaree needs more love here
Granted Althea is amazing, I mean cold beer after cutting the grass amazing. Reaches you deep inside. But Sugaree is fantastic, you could feel Jerry warming up in the first solo, and knew it would be a night to remember. The sweet wavering notes that begin the second solo ease you into the Big Man's exploration that doesn't quite satiate what he needs, but then he dives back in for a second helping and gets closer. Its a real crowd pleaser.

After Bobby gives him a break he comes back later in the set with that amazing Althea.

After space he finds enough in the tank to give us a classic Stella. Vocally one of my favorites, and instrumentally as crisp as they come. The last solo is mystical. The way he dances up to the crescendo then backs off over and over leaves you love sick.

Many thanks tor such an awesome recording too. This mastery makes this show as much as the boys did.
Reviewer: JamsOnly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2015
Subject: Hartford
Highlights: Bertha
Reviewer: Dave B 1986 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2015
Subject: another vote on the sound
This is a top notch audience recording.

Lots of nice playing to boot.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2013
Subject: -
Well, repeated listening has mellowed my opinion a bit. While a good show with an excellent second set ender, it ain't quite as special as I thought. The ear gets picky after it's heard Irvine '87...
Reviewer: TexasJeff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2013
Subject: Super High Energy
Yes well each track from this show logs over 180 plays on my Itunes.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2013
Subject: Incredible AUD, awe-inspiring Althea
This is one of those Dead performances that no matter what you are doing, even if you are just listening to this tape in the background, you stop, crank the volume, and just stare at the wall while Althea plays.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2013
Subject: --
Perhaps THE best, most sterling argument on the AUD side of the debate, especially for this era - this one brings it through crystal-clear - my god, it really does sound like a board, even though you know it isn't...

I'm tempted to go with a 4 on this one, but who am I to spoil the 5-star party? I know many here are bowled over by the quality, maybe to the point that the show is overrated just..a..tad? I mean, it's great, yeah, consistent, with that nimble, lighter-than-air '81 quality that defined so many shows, especially from the winter tour leading up to Europe. Everything is played exceptionally well, it's just that.....that....ah hell, I don't know. *shrugs* I guess maybe a show that seeks to use Sailor > Saint as its pre-drums core could be accused of being a lightweight....even though they play it well enough...ah, forget it.

Post-Space is where you want to be - yes, Jerry teases Jesu and then launches into an absolutely pin-drop-gorgeous Stella Blue. The Bertha that screams into existence here is also pretty unbelievable - listen to how f'ing HARD they drive that mother!

So yeah, a feather-light, ethereal-ballet-aud 5 for this one.
Reviewer: Mac from TO, Canada - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2013
Subject: Outstanding
Good lord this is amazing - one of the best recordings and performances. Must listen and download. And yes the Bertha is fast.
Reviewer: grendelschoice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2012
Subject: AUD of all AUDS
This is hands down the greatest AUD of any show i've ever heard--and what a phenomenal show it is.

Typical blazing '81 picking by Jerry (BIG RIVER, CHINA>RIDER, ALTHEA), and great pack of songs post-drums highlighted by a powerful TOO>STELLA combo.

But the sound quality puts it over the top: all the clarity of a SBD and all the energy you expect from an AUD.
Reviewer: DeadHead78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2012
Subject: Great Show
Great Sound! Great Show!!
Reviewer: Yades - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2012
Subject: Just like being there on the floor
The best aud I have ever heard and a solid show. Sounds just like I am on the floor in a killer seat.
Reviewer: kneadles1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2011
Subject: Jesu: Joy of Man's Desiring
Yes, indeed it is Jerry riffing on Bach....for a few bars, must have been quite a unique moment to be there for that!...Great Show, great recording, sound is impeccable. And Bertha....on speed for sure!, never heard it so fast! This website is amazing. I listen nearly every day!
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2011
Subject: Pleasant surprise
A true gem that I just stumbled upon.Great party Dead from start to finish. Excellent sound quality as well; sounds great in the car!
Reviewer: jason parillo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2011
Subject: ALTHEA!
Best Althea ever period. Jerry at his nastiest!
Reviewer: supaslick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2011
Subject: Picked cause it d/l so many times
first time hearing this one. Freakin Sweet!!!! New to the Dead. I use the reviews of the concert that you guys write to determine if I d/l or not. Thanks and keep it up. Chris McConnell
Reviewer: Garnet Gladiolas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2011
Subject: Jerry Plays Bach?
I'm not a classical music expert, but is Jerry playing Bach's,"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" during the transition from The Other One > Stella Blue? Even if you do not recognize the title, you will recognize the tune. It's played at a lot of weddings.
Reviewer: deadcatthomas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2011
Subject: there's no concert like a dad concert
Thanks a lot
Reviewer: MCMRULES - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2011
Subject: Top 10 AUD ob archive
Maybe it's my system(Pioneer glass tube amp., Boston Acoustics Towers with intergrated sub woofers, and a Phat Paradigm stand alone sub woofer)but this sounds FREAKIN AWESOME! I wish I could invite ya'll to my basement and then up to my livong romm to hang out and listen. Oh shit, here comes my pissed off neighbor again...
Reviewer: permagrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2011
Subject: Thank you archive
This show is exactly what comes to mind when I think about the greatest band to walk to the earth. I'm glad I'm a deadhead.
Reviewer: falomarcdawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: Hartford CT
This recording puts you in the crowd with soundboard quality music. Excellent show def worth the listen. I have to give this a 5, one of the best I have heard on the archive. Thank you for sharing!
Reviewer: BKeller - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
Subject: Excellent Recording!
I was 21 and went w/out a ticket...looked for hours w/no luck...a door flew open and my friend and I were in..Not proud of my behavior but I was young.Many late 70's/early 80's aud. tapes were almost as clear as this one...later years qual. went way down in most cases...A great show but I still prefer 5-10-80, Hartford a little more...But you have to love how Jerry sounded on 3-14...A very well made recording! Thanks!!!!!
Reviewer: STEALyourFACE11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2010
Subject: One Hell of a Ride
This show was high octane from start to finish. Jerry played with particularly intense speed throughout the entire show. Best audience recoding I have ever heard. Can someone please point me in the right direction to find other audience recordings of this quality. And good lord Bertha was hot. Cant wait to see Furthur at THE VIBES this upcoming week. Not the same magic at this though.
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2010
Subject: wow from peggy-o to passenger, alabama & saint
Reviewer: mike246 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2010
Subject: My first show
Hello Barry and Adam. Mike B here. Thanks for this recording. This was my first GD show. Barry you nailed it! Are you going to any Furthur shows this summer?
Reviewer: DeadReckoning - - April 20, 2010
Subject: All you really need.....
O man.... This is a great show, typical of the high energy in the early 80's. And what an impeccable audience recording....close your eyes and it puts you right there. Got on the bus during the Brent era. Wish we could turn the clock back 30 years & do it all over again.....
Reviewer: IHartBarryGlassberg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2010
Subject: Doh!
I was on the wrong tab when I made my previous comment. This show is not in 24 bit, but is still a must have. Absolutely incredible. If anyone happens to know the dude screaming during Stella Blue, please punch him for me.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2010
Subject: Glassberg nailed it
This sounds very very good. A few grades higher than most of the other releases of his.

The uptown feb shows sound fantastic as well.
Reviewer: shango9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2009
Subject: One Helluva' Show
This was my second show, this recording is fantastic. All these years later I remember the crowd moving in unison to every note, and the oriental rug on the stage that was devilishly pulsing before my eyes as the music thundered! This may be my favorite Sugaree, I can't wait to hear the rest of the recording. For some reason, this show was not liked by all who saw it, this I'll never understand because this is a standout night. Later.
Reviewer: D3aDj3Di - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2009
Subject: This is an aud !?!
This is hands down the best sounding aud i've ever heard, it sounds so clear it's almost impossible to believe that it's not a SBD
Reviewer: Jerrys Grandkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2009
Subject: The Pied Piper of Hashbury
Beautiful Peggy-O. Jerry burns at the end of the china>rider, with a great transition between the two. And my personal favorite, the other one>stella blue. I really love this show. To me, this is my favorite era and venue for the dead. Sounding very similar to mid 80's Spectrum shows.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2009
Subject: Glassberg + MOTB = KILLER
Wonderful stuff from Glassberg and MOTB....Glassberg is the master of early 80's audience taping.
Reviewer: ettk44 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2009
Subject: Sweetest sweet spot ever?
Absolutely one of the best sounding audience tapes I've ever heard. Can hardly believe how good this tape sounds for any era, let alone 1981. Complete and total mastery of the medium.
Reviewer: Frosty's Picks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2008
Subject: Frosty's Picks for the Hearing Impaired
I have major hearing problems. It’s called tinnitus and for those of you who don’t know it is a constant ringing in your ears. Therefore, it is hard for me to find audience shows that are of good enough quality for me to listen to without doing further damage to my hearing by having to turn up the volume. I am not saying anything about these shows except that as a person with major hearing lose, these are some of the shows that I have on my I-Pod. I am not giving any of these shows a review. I can always find something good in every show… long as I can hear it!!!! Here is my list for today, 9/20/08:

7.6.84, 10.15.84, 6.19.91,
7.18.89, 6.21.84, 9.6.85,
10.12.84, 10.12.83, 11.1.85,
8.24.85, 7.31.82, 6.25.92,
8.5.89, 10.31.83, 6.26.92,
10.8.84, 12.5.81, 8.30.85,
11.5.85, 6.26.84, 8.3.82,
6.8.80, 4.3.84, 8.10.82,
3.14.81, 12.26.80, 4.15.83,
4.18.82, 10.31.91, 9.2.85,
10.14.83, 4.2.90, 4.30.90,

Please let me know if you have any show suggestions that compare to these in quality of sound.
Reviewer: drlazybones - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2008
Subject: Super duper wicked nice.
Right up there with the best of 'em.
Reviewer: goosebumps - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2008
Subject: wang-dang-freakin-doodle
This is the shit.
Reviewer: Paul Chadwick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2008
Subject: Fastest Bertha Ever!
slow down garcia
Reviewer: donohuer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2008
Subject: MOTB
MOTB = Mouth Of The Beast which is front and center between the stage and the mixing/sound board
Reviewer: hazell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2008
Subject: Sugaree
great recording!!!!!!Fabulous Sugaree!!!!
Reviewer: morst - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2008
Subject: Incredible sound! MotB is a great project!
Five star sound! WOW! MotB rocks©!
Reviewer: laptaper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2008
Subject: Awesome recording
Glassberg spring '81 + MOTB = Best source out there, period, bar none, end of story!!!

Great recording and transfer of an excellent show. Thank you Barry and the MOTB team! :-D
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